Saturday, February 07, 2009

Project #37- A Picture File

I learned the practice of keeping a picture file from my High School Art teacher, Mr. Putnam. There wasn't internet available for students to look up reference images, so instead he kept his classroom stocked with big piles of National Geographic Magazines. Students who wanted to draw a tiger or an airplane or a tree would flip through issues until they found just the right image. The best part was that we were allowed to rip out whatever pages we wanted and keep them in our own personal picture file folder.

By my senior year of high school I was really interested in collages and spent lots of extra time pouring through the magazine stack in search of interesting subjects and textures. Eventually, I'd amassed a substantial portfolio that I kept with me at all times. Each of my friends got an impromptu mini-collage when I signed their yearbooks.

My picture file today is a much smaller affair, but I still like cutting things out and gluing them into letters, cards and my research notebook.

I still like using National Geographic magazines for my picture file needs. The paper is thick and sturdy; the subject matter is broad; and fresh copies can be purchased at almost any yard sale for 10 cents a piece.

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posted by Alison 2/07/2009 10:24:00 PM : (0) comments : splink

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